Thursday, August 30, 2007

DUI Checkpoint in Lake Forest August 31, 2007


DUI Checkpoint in Lake Forest August 31, 2007

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License
Checkpoint in the City of Lake Forest on Friday, August 31, 2007 from 9:00 p.m. till
3:00 a.m.

The checkpoints are set up to target drivers who are driving a vehicle without a driver’s license and / or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The goal of the program is to reduce the rate at which the citizens of Orange County are
killed or injured. Through implementation of these events, the Orange County Sheriff’s
Department hopes to significantly reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

All that Brad Dutz Jazz @ Saddleback September 17, 2007

August 29, 2007

The Brad Dutz Quartet performs at Saddleback College ’s McKinney Theatre on Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. The music of this lively quartet is a mixture of 20th century chamber music and improvisational jazz. The instruments – marimba, cello, oboe, bass clarinet – create a wooden yet twisted organic sound. The members of the combo, Paul Sherman and Jim Sullivan, also play additional instruments including English horn, contra bass clarinet, G clarinet and vibes. Tickets are $10 general, $7 students/seniors and can be purchased the night of the event or call the ticket office at 949-582-4656

Jazz studies at Saddleback College emphasizes creativity through improvisation and ensemble performance. Focusing on the historical, theoretical and intuitive aspects of this American music, Director Joey Sellers and an outstanding cadre of nationally recognized musicians comprise the jazz faculty. Curricula include Improvisation, Jazz Composition and Arranging, Jazz History Syllabus, Jazz History Audio, Jazz History Podcast, Jazz Piano, Saddleback Big Band, Jazz Lab Ensemble, and Combos.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo , just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Parking is available in Lot 12. Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the second traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to “ Theatre Circle ,” turning right into Lot 12.




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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It is Official – The Recall Mezger Movement is ON


It is Official – The Recall Mezger Movement is ON

August 28, 2007



The Recall Jerry Mezger (From the CZ Master Association board of directors) Movement is adding fuel to the fire by officially launching the Recall Jerry Mezger website: http://www.RecallMezger.com.



If you agree that Jerry Mezger should be recalled, all you need do is:

Attach/staple a signature page indicating CZ Member name, address and signature. Indicate if you are a Delegate.
Mail signatures to Joseph Morabito at 18 Claremont Lane, Coto de Caza 92679. When there are two thirds of the Delegates and/or 5% of CZ Members, the list will be submitted to the CZ Board to start the actual recall process.
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Sunday, August 26, 2007

REMOVE "COMPLAINTS AGAINST ATTORNEYS DEPARTMENT" FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR AND TURN IT OVER TO A PUBLIC LOTTERY TO OVERSEE ATTORNEY CONDUCT


REMOVE "COMPLAINTS AGAINST ATTORNEYS DEPARTMENT" FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR AND TURN IT OVER TO A PUBLIC LOTTERY TO OVERSEE ATTORNEY CONDUCT

August 26, 2007

by D. Vanitzian, JD
(c) 2007 D. Vanitzian

When Governor Pete Wilson withdrew the California State Bar's funding, the first thing the Bar did was close down the "Consumer Complaints Against Attorneys" department. What does that tell you?! I am urging everyone who reads this to flood your legislators and DEMAND that the Consumer Complaints Against Attorneys Department at the California State Bar BE REMOVED and turned over to the general public. Keep sending those letters.

It appears that the California State Bar is protecting attorneys at any cost. Everything at the Bar is a big secret that is subsidized by taxpayer funds.

The California State Bar controls who will and who will not receive a license to practice law, they control the testing to obtain a license to practice law, they control the statutes governing what attorneys can and can't do, they determine the confidentiality of their procedures within the Bar, they determine what the public can and cannot obtain under the California Public Records Act AND the Freedom of Information Act, and they control so much more!

Go the the California Secretary of State website and look up the California State Bar. The Bar claims to have it both ways. They are a PRIVATE corporation registered with the Secretary of State's Department and they sport a ".gov" website address. So which is it? The California State Bar also has its own lobby group that the BAR funds. Govenment agencies cannot have and cannot fund a lobby group for its agency, it is a conflict of interest. So which is it? Is the California State Bar above the law? Or, does it OWN the law?

It has become evident that the California State Bar has way too much power and the consumers are suffering because of it. From what I've heard from consumers, the attorneys' fees keep going up and so few consumers feel like they are getting their money's worth. When law-abiding people TRUST attorneys with their trust funds, their paychecks, their life's savings, their lawsuits, and then are subject to "threats," and uncontrollable attorneys fees and being dumped in the middle of a trial, SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE PEOPLE! I don't use the word "threats" lightly. If you don't keep paying me I will stop representing you and the Bar will uphold this. I've had it said to me, and others have had it said to them, "sign this or we quit." THAT is a THREAT. Whether it is a retainer agreement or a settlement agreement, a threat is a threat is a threat. Well, not exactly. When you file a complaint at the California State Bar, they BELIEVE THE ATTORNEY over you. By then, that "threat" no longer exists and that attorney doesn't have a clue what you are talking about. Bar: So Mrs. Civilian, PROVE IT. The Complainant will never know if the attorney fabricated evidence to cover his/her ass; will never know what affidavits or declarations were fabricated to cover his/her ass; we'll simply never know because we do not get a chance to RESPOND to those lies or see them in print.

It is a scandalous state of affairs when sooooo many Californians have filed complaints with the State Bar only to receive variations on the same recycled form letters with the names of the perpetrators changed and a few tweaked facts to distinguish your letter from the masses. The goal of the California State Bar appears to be "move 'em on in and close 'em on out." It appears that the reason for the incompetence is very simple; it's all about numbers. See, we took in one million complaints and processed every single one of them. Date stamp. Made a "head's up phone call to the lawyer to warn of the complaint." Then sent the lawyer a letter. Then processed the lawyer's response. Then sent the customary F-U letter to the consumer. Never mind that the California State Bar's complaint process is wholly useless; it is subsidized by our taxpayer dollars. Taxpayers are not getting what we pay for in this arena. We are not only getting ripped off -- WE'RE PAYING TO GET RIPPED OFF AT BOTH ENDS. It is time for the public to speak LOUD and CLEAR.

The California State Bar policing its own, has been and is ineffective. The victim filing a complaint never knows what lies that perpetrator told in order to get off the hook. That's right, I have no problem using the word LIES in this context because there is reason to believe that is exactly what goes on. Attorneys need to do very little to justify their outrageous behavior and their billings and their incompetence and their failure to perform -- and the Bar knows it because they make the laws that protect attorneys, they also repeal laws that are adverse to attorneys. Most of the general public is unaware of this but if they knew it, they would change how they interact with attorneys while they are paying them. It would also change how the general public hires attorneys and law firms.

The California State Bar should not be policing its own attorneys -- there is something unethical about that. It doesn't pass the smell test. Think about it in these terms: A layperson writes a complaint in layman's language to the Bar against an attorney and/or law firm. That lawyer and/or law firm know every trick in the book how to get off the hook. The layperson is at a distinct disadvantage because of their lack of knowledge and expertise in how to phrase the complaint or how to explain the actual course of events -- let alone knowing that they can file a complaint. Their "ignorance" of the process and the law are the errant attorney's greatest tools to escape any charges of wrongdoing. The majority of complaints to the California State Bar are returned to sender with the "it’s a Civil matter" B.S. stamped all over it.

It isn't as if the California State Bar makes periodic house calls to that law firm to see what really goes on. It isn't as if the California State Bar sits in on these trials to watch these errant attorneys in action. It isn't as if the California State Bar pushes beyond that license-to-lie-cheat-and-steal otherwise called the "attorney client privilege." ALL the protections are biased against the consumer who gets screwed. There's simply no other word for it. The public has no meaningful statutory protections. The California State Bar does not give a damn and neither do our Legislators.

PLEASE write your Senators, Assemblypersons, Governor AND the California State Bar telling them you want the Complaint Department moved to a panel of randomly drawn individuals whose names are in a lottery. Make it a lottery as to who will judge these lawyers and let them get a dose of the REAL WORLD. They simply must be held accountable for their actions. Keep writing and sending those letters, don't stop.

PRINT THIS LETTER OUT BELOW; PUT YOUR NAME TO IT, AND KEEP SENDING IT - SEND IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER UNTIL OUR LEGISLATORS GET THE MESSAGE THAT WE'RE TIRED OF GETTING SCREWED OVER BY AN ELITEST GROUP OF SO-CALLED PROFESSIONALS.

The Honorable Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, California 95814

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

I believe that the California State Bar has stopped serving the public interest. Problems with attorneys and law firms keep getting worse. The ability of attorneys and law firms to take advantage of the public goes unchecked. There is no meaningful oversight. The malfeasance continues and gets more outrageous and the Bar is totally ineffective. I want the Legislature to remove attorney oversight and the consumer complaints against attorneys departments from the California State Bar and to grant said oversight to the public under a lottery system. Please give this your immediate attention. Thank you.


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BUYERS CONTROL THE DEAL


BUYERS CONTROL THE DEAL

August 26, 2007

c) 2001-2007 S.GLASSMAN AND D.VANITZIAN. All rights reserved. The Associations and Common Interest Living articles and columns may not be reprinted or retransmitted in any form without the express written consent of the copyright holders. The authors take no position regarding any documents or accompaniments that may be enclosed with, attached to, or alongside said article reprints or distribution. Los Angeles Times, Real Estate Section, "Associations," August 26, 2007 Buyers control the deal By Stephen Glassman and Donie Vanitzian, Special to The Times



By Stephen Glassman and Donie Vanitzian, Special to The Times
August 26, 2007

QUESTION:: The sales agent who stuck with me for over a year finally found me a condo that I could afford and liked. She had me use a form that she referred to as a California residential purchase agreement to write my offer. But someone beat me to the punch.

Months later, I met the unit's new owner. Learning from past mistakes, he said that this time he took extraordinary measures in not accepting the salesperson's standard form. He limited the documents he wanted to obtain and dealt directly with the seller, cutting out the board and the management company. He took pains to bypass any third-party interference, including his salesperson, with his purchase and was able to close escrow in less than 30 days because of it, and for less money.

On all my other condo offers, the salesperson insisted on using a pre-printed form supplied by a trade group she belongs to. That form asks for some items that are not required by law. My salesperson said the form protects her interests and if she caused me to proceed in a manner that did not help me she was sorry. I think her insistence on this form cost me to lose multiple deals for more than a year. Can I sue her?

ANSWER: Buyers must perform their own due diligence. Just because the salesperson presents a pre-printed form doesn't mean the client must use it. It appears that the salesperson did not act in a manner inconsistent with her obligations to you and under the law. The fact that she may have taken some steps to protect herself does not mean she is liable for a lost or incomplete sale. There are however, lessons to be learned from the experience.

In any client-professional relationship, it is the client who controls things, not the professional who is there to provide opinions based on recognized expertise. Such opinion is likely rendered to ensure the transaction runs smoothly and not afoul of the law.

The use of a pre-printed trade form presented by a salesperson is often an indication that the terms benefit the professional and not the client, but the client still controls the relationship, terms of the contract and use of the form. The client is free to delete non-beneficial terms and to insert others. Whether the property is in a common interest development or not, there are no official forms for buying and selling. Documents can be drafted for each occurrence so they meet the needs of the parties to the agreement. The purchase agreement you used was one of any number of forms available including one prepared by you or your attorney. Whether you use a standardized form preferred by a trade group or one an attorney created, you would want to read the form and remove or modify those terms that benefit others at your expense.

Under the Davis-Stirling Act, sales of properties in common interest developments do not need to involve the homeowners association or any management company. The seller is required to provide certain documents to the potential buyer, as noted in Civil Code section 1368, and may request such documents from the homeowners association. The management company and the association itself need not be involved in the sale and purchase.

There are only two parties in the property sales transaction -- the buyer and the seller. If a salesperson refused to present your offer because it was not on his or her trade association's form, you might have a case, but it would be easier to find a salesperson who is willing to present the offer on your terms. It is the buyer's deal. Blaming the agent is a waste of time -- and money -- for your failure to take control of your purchase.

Send questions to P.O. Box 11843, Marina del Rey, CA 90295 or e-mail noexit@mindspring.com.





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Saturday, August 25, 2007

The (Coto de Caza) Outsourcing of Decision Making and the $1,000.00/hr lawyers


The (Coto de Caza) Outsourcing of Decision Making and the $1,000.00/hr lawyers

August 25, 2007



The August 22, 2007 issue of the Wall Street Journal reports that hourly lawyer rates are increasingly hitting what was once considered a taboo level: $1,000 per hour. "A few attorneys crossed into $1,000 per hour billing before this year, but recent moves to the four-figure mark in New York, which sets trends for legal markets around the country, are seen as significant turning point", writes the WSJ's Nathan Koppel.



The article goes on to report that as of September 1, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP will raise its top rates to more than $1,000 from $950, whereas the top biller at New York’s Caldwalader. Wickersham & Taft LLP got up to the $1,000 mark earlier this year.



Of course, what can you expect not only from an inbreeding program that is increasingly being used as decision making service provider by either lazy, incompetent or otherwise un-interested executives?

Is there any doubt that the California Bar not only cuddles its own, but also throttles the number of lawyers joining its ranks? - The $1,000 rate in California is not too far away - Or what about executives hiding behind the “legal veil” to avoid transparency and/or accountability? Wit the Laguna Woods Village argument that “there is no such thing as valid CC&Rs, in spite of what the Title Company has to say”.

Or across the freeway, the CZ Master Association outsourcing decision making to legal counsel, arguing for example, about what can, or cannot be done under a “Broken Promise settlement of the 1980’s” – in that case, the board went on record stating the agreement had not been seen or read by any one on the board, as of last CZ board of directors meeting. To be clear, the outsourcing of decision-making is not necessarily restricted to the legal profession as Coto residents can attest. Recently, the “Arizona look” (as compared to the more traditional bucolic look) was en vogue thanks to a landscaping consultant’s decision, not to mention receiving "free mature trees" that ended costing the association $45,000.
As some one who manages a business dealing with attorneys in many countries, I can tell all that we set our goals and objectives and then instruct our attorneys to do the legal work to make them happen. When necessary, while it is never our intention to break the law, and we obviously don’t want to put something in place that will cause litigation, we can and do take prudent business risk. However, as President of a company, ultimately it is me calling the shots not our attorneys.

Specific to CZ and User Fees and charges for non-CZ Members, the CZ Board first needs to understand the fully loaded cost of doing business which I know is not the case today. We then need to recognize that The Estates and Village people, who pay no CZ dues, represent 11% of the residents of CZ impacting our security, major street and property management cost. In addition to them, non-members who come into Coto to play on our fields, ride horses on our trails and at the Equestrian Center and golf at the Country Club also impact CZ expenses. One way or another, the CZ Board should work with CZ’s attorney to devise legally defensible ways to charges non-members fees and charges reflecting the expense they cause the Association. I do not accept the silly notion that “subsidies are a cost of doing business”. Subsidies are instead a conscious decision by the CZ Board assuming they are permitted to occur. I have provided many ideas to end subsidies. Subsidies are the reason we experienced the two Varo/Mezger dues increases. The next dues increase will be called the Zipperman/Yocham increase so if these Board Members do not want the label; they better act to end the subsidies. JM - former CZ board member



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Friday, August 24, 2007

Coto de Caza Supplier Management, Fleming and Street on the Street


Coto de Caza Supplier Management, Fleming and Street on the Street

August 23, 2007

As is usually the case, there seems to be at least two sides to every story. Such is the case with embattled Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Chriss Street, who has been fending off accusations of fiscal irresponsibility triggered by a 1.5 million dollar office remodeling, paralleling the street traveled by Capistrano Unified Superintendent James Fleming who faces criminal charges related to the creation of an enemies lists. In May, Fleming and former Assistant Superintendent Susan McGill were charged with using taxpayer money to create two lists of political opponents.

Until recently, the most traveled street was to give Street the benefit of the doubt, particularly those close to the Treasurer, including long time friend Supervisor John Moorlach, even though trouble had been brewing on the street for months. For example, Dan Harrow, who replaced Street as trustee of the bankrupt Fruehauf Trailer Corp. in the summer of 2005, sued Street for allegedly mismanaging the trust, using it to improperly enrich himself, charging personal expenses that ranged from a Botox injection to a personal trainer to a $1.06 candy bar. The trust also paid his personal credit card bill and hired a private plane for his family. In an August 9, 2007 OCR article by Peggy Lowe, Jack Pitney, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College is quoted as saying "decisions that might make sense in the private sector raise a lot of eyebrows in the public sector. But if you're running the money for a county that was in bankruptcy not long ago, you have to be more sensitive to appearances."

In a shock-and-awe announcement Supervisor John Moorlach, who had patiently waited on side-streets, while Street blamed his legal and ethical problems on his political foes, today announced that Street may have used a falsified document to cover up an improper award process on a contract to a private company. With this new information coming to light, Supervisor Moorlach was forced to call on Street to resign or ask the Orange County Board of Supervisors to revoke Street's authority to invest the county's $7 billion portfolio.

When Messrs. Varo/Mezger were appointed to the CZ Master Association board of directors, one of their first acts was to fire the CHP, without a suitable alternative, then fire the largest private security company in the world and replace it with one of the smallest one in the region in a deal worth close to $1.5 million/year. In that case, the property management company claimed to have received multiple bids, but ended up with a compelling program. An audit of the process used in this cased found no evidence of due diligence. The moral of the story may be that instead of using falsified documents, Street should just have “lost” any and all supplier management documents



Buzz: You have just added to the Grounds to RECALL Jerry Mezger from office. I forgot about the bogus process used to select Universal. That $1.5 million dollar contract was awarded without implementation of a proper supplier selection process. Frankly, when we saw the marketing materials with pricing submitted as the basis for the “compelling offer” accepted by Varo/Mezger we were astounded. I don’t know if Universal was the right company for CZ. The problem is that no one on the CZ Board at the time could have known either because the process used to select Universal and fire Securitas was not comprehensive enough to cover all the bases. I saw the materials with my own eyes and as someone very experienced in supplier selection and management, I can make this charge with complete and significant authority. Joe Morabito - former member CZ Master Association board of directors

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Is GLBT a Character, Flaw, or a Function of Genetic Composition?

Is GLBT a Character, Flaw, or a Function of Genetic Composition?

Not too outlandish to conclude that the promotion of the GLBT lifestyle without an abstinence component is socially irresponsible

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Is the predilection for the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender life style an indication of a flawed character, or a function of genetic composition?

“Researchers from the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago are searching for genes that influence male sexual orientation” reads the introduction to the Molecular Genetic Study of Sexual Orientation (MGSSO website. The MGSSO is the most extensive study yet to search for a genetic basis for homosexuality and may provide clues to the questions previously asked – or will it?

Consider the debate over the evil twins, Abortion and Murder: JOHN J. DONOHUE III from the Yale Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and STEVEN D. LEVITT from the University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation claim in their The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime paper to “…offer evidence that legalized abortion has contributed significantly to recent crime reductions. Crime began to fall roughly 18 years after abortion legalization”, while Steve Sailer interprets the fact that the age group 14-17, that started enjoying the crime-stopping benefits of abortion rights in 1987 or so, responded to this improvement by going on a significant murder spree. So is the incidence of the Evil Twins a cause-and-effect issue, or is there a genetic basis for murder? What about Alcoholism, or Fraud?

The results of the MGSSO “ may ignite controversy, the researchers acknowledge, both by providing ammunition in the raging cultural war over homosexuality and by raising fears about ethically questionable applications like genetic profiling and prenatal testing” reports Robert Mitchum in the August 12, 2007 issue of the Chicago Tribune. Whereas EDGE Boston Contributor Kilian Melloy writes in the Monday Aug 13, 2007 issue The MGSSO “…is a scientific inquiry into what gays and naturalists already know, but which religious leaders and social conservatives don’t necessarily want to hear: that a certain percentage of all animal forms of life are attracted sexually to members of their own gender, that it’s not a matter of conduct but rather an innate characteristic--and that while it may constitute a variation, it’s not a pathology”

In the Politically Correct realm, alternative terms are used to minimize a transgression, for example “having an affair”, over fornication. Some say that the use of the term :having an affair” not only condones the act, but encourages it.

Consider the battle between Gay rights activists and Mayor Jim Naugle: "We are encouraging people to mail either a roll or several sheets of toilet paper to the mayor at City Hall to help him to wipe his dirty mind clean," said Brian Winfield, spokesman for Equality Florida, a gay rights organization that helped start a toilet paper protest after Mayor Naugle's comments in a July 4 article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about the city's plan to buy a $250,000 self-cleaning robotic toilet for beachgoers. The device could be programmed with a time limit, after which the door would fly open. In the article, Naugle was quoted as saying the toilet could prevent "homosexual activity" that has occurred at other public restrooms. Mayor Jim Naugle’s cited his concern that Fort Lauderdale is ranked number third in Highest annual AIDS rates (number of new reported cases per 100,000 population), just behind New York and Miami (echoes reports by the Body Health Resources Corporation) as the motivation behind his efforts to reduce high-risk practices in his city.

Responding to the question, What advice can one give to the world?, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger writes in his book Values in times of upheaval: “The inviolability of man ought to be an unassailed pillar of ethical regulations…I should like to add that this must be linked to respect for the origin of man and the sexual union of man an woman: main may not become a product, he may not be produced, but only begotten. An this is why the one of the constant elements of every human society is the protection of the special dignity of the fellowship of man and woman on which the future of the human race depends”

After all of this, the question remains: Is the predilection for the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) life style an indication of a flawed character, or a function of genetic composition?. Regardless of which side of the debate one is in, what cannot be debated are the consequences of the high-risk sexual behavior. Wit Aids cases in New York, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Not too outlandish to conclude that the promotion of the GLBT lifestyle without an abstinence component is socially irresponsible


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The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, A Platform to promote alternative lifestyles?- Clarification

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, A Platform to promote alternative lifestyles?- Clarification

August 23, 2007

In the August issue of the CotoBuzz Journal we asked the question: Is The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) - a Platform to Promote Alternative Lifestyles? In that article, we included a quote we attributed to NAHJ president Rafael Olmeda. Responding to the article, Mr Olmeda pointed out that he had previously complained to us that we took his quote out of context, presented it as an answer to a question, and misspelled his name. The paragraph in question is shown below

“I have had a substantive email exchange with NAHJ president Rafael Olmeda, who has confirmed his endorsement of the GLBT caucus. I asked him if he would be opposed to the formation of a Christian values caucus to present a balanced view. Olmeda indicated in part: “We believe that Latino journalists are diverse in many ways: religiously, ideologically, racially. Some of our members are gay and lesbian. We deplore any effort to discriminate against them on the basis of religion, creed, political affiliation or on the basis of whether or not they're straight” – The CotoBuzz Journal, August 6, 2007

The facts are that the (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender) caucus got prominent billing before, during and after the NAHJ 2007 Conference held in San Jose, California.

The facts are that days before the 2007 NAHJ election, a student describing herself as a senior at Lehman College in New York and the president of the NAHJ Lehman College Student Chapter sent out an email soliciting support and stating in part: “…many in the NAHJ Board of Directors are know me and support my candidacy. This includes NAHJ president Rafael Olmeda, Region 2 Director Joanna Hernandez, and Parity Project Director Kevin Olivas. Executive Director Ivan Roman and Veronica VillafaƱe also know me personally over these past three years that I have been involved with NAHJ”.

The facts are that Mr. Olmeda indicated to the Journal that he did not endorse the student-candidate and that she either mistakenly believed Mr. Olmeda had endorsed her or she accidentally made it seem like he had done so.

The facts are that we in the article published in the August 9, 2007 issue of the CotoBuzz Journal titled NAHJ’s 2007 Student Representative Election Incident, we make a case that “ If a senior majoring in journalism sends out self-serving misleading information, consciously or not, the act reflects bad on the university’s school of journalism, as well as on the NAHJ and sets a terrible precedent if not addressed properly, properly and decidedly” – CotoBuzz Journal, August 9, 2007

The facts are that in response to the NAHJ’s 2007 Student Representative Election Incident, piece, Mr. Olmeda posted the following in the CotoBlogzz (August 9, 2007): “Aisha al-Muslim is an asset to the NAHJ board of directors and I look forward to serving with her over the coming year”

So there you have it. We apologize for misspelling Mr. Olmeda’s name. Trust Mr. Olmeda and the CotoBuzz Journal readers now have the necessary context to properly interpret citations we have previously attributed to Mr. Olmeda.

Given that the NAHJ leadership has for the most part ignored our request for comment on previously published NAHJ stories, all we say is “Beware of what you do not say, as it is more important than what you do say!”

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Mortgage Company Owner Gets 10 years of ID theft

Mortgage Company Owner Gets 10 years of ID theft

August 23, 2007

Michael Alexander Hartsell, the owner of a mortgage company was convicted yesterday of conspiring and using his business to steal the identities of victims in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. He was sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to fourteen felony counts of identity theft, thirteen counts of grand larceny, and one count of forgery.

Four additional co-defendants have also been charged in the conspiracy and identity theft ring:

Patricia Ann McIntosh, 42, Vista, pleaded guilty to 14 counts and is scheduled to be sentenced September 19, 2007

Natasha Chiara Di Lorenzo, 31, Oceanside, pleaded guilty to four counts and was sentenced to two years in prison.

William Andrew Padworski, 47, Oceanside, pleaded guilty to eight counts and was sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison.

Laurrisa Laurrainne Ballow, 39, is scheduled to be arraigned in this case on September 14, 2007. Ballow face a maximum sentence of up to 96 years if convicted of all counts.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

How can we start recall paperwork…..to have (Jerry) Mezger removed”? - from CZ Master Association Board of Directors

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How can we start recall paperwork…..to have (Jerry) Mezger removed”? - from CZ Master Association Board of Directors

August 22, 2007

The question was recently asked in the Coto Discussion forum: “ How can we start recall paperwork…..to have (Jerry) Mezger removed”? – Given that the interest on the subject is reaching a crescendo, we have summarized the information we have received to date, including a compelling argument for recall prepared by former member of the CZ Master association board of directors, and a couple of blank petitions.

For a recall process to succeed, there may be two alternatives:

1) Get 2/3 of CZ delegates who voted on the last election to sign a recall petition. According to former member of the CZ Master Association board of directors Joseph Morabito, “If it can be demonstrated that the Delegate votes are there to RECALL Mezger, then maybe Mezger will just resign rather than put the Association through the expense of an actual RECALL election. That is exactly what happened when John Zarian resigned”

2) Get a minimum of 5% of the membership (around 179) to sign a recall petition.

We have prepared two blank petitions, one each for a) CZ District Delegates and one for CZ titleholders. If you are interested in participating in the process, simply send us a note via phone, fax or email. If we collect the minimum number of signatures, we will in turn send the petition directly to the board (or will turn over to anyone who may want to champion the cause) - at no time will we make the information public!



Argument to recall Jerry Mezger – prepared by Joseph Morabito:

Hello All: As a former CZ Board Member I take the action of RECALL very seriously. I do not believe that RECALL should happen for policy differences or for frivolous reasons so when I call for the RECALL of Jerry Mezger, it is because there are legitimate grounds as follows:

Mezger was in escrow to move out of CZ when he ran for the Board in May. He purposely withheld this critical, material information which would have caused his defeat. I call that lying. Mezger moved into The Estates about one month after the 2007 Board election.
Mezger and other CZ Board Members conspired in 2006 to deny a Board Candidate a seat by failing to reveal that Sean Larkin had actually moved out of the area to take a job. Larkin resigned one week after the Board election allowing Mezger and other sitting Board Members who conspired with Mezger to appoint a Board Member rather than allowing Delegates to elect one. I call that unethical.
Mezger has ignored the Oakview/Oakknoll Agreement/Memorandum requiring that those gates remain closed as a condition of development. In doing so and in not requiring significantly more insurance indemnification from that sub association, CZ Members are exposed to unnecessary liability and a breach of security. I call that a violation of Board Member fiduciary responsibility.
Mezger voted to fire the CHP knowing full well of the danger on our streets. During that time period we had two tragic deaths on our streets. There is also a lawsuit pending against the Association from this time period related to a serious accident on our streets. Mezger’s actions have damaged our relationship with the CHP making it difficult to get more hours from them which is exposing our Members to continued danger on our streets.
Mezger has never understood the concept of Conflict of Interest. Now that Mezger lives in The Estates he has an irreconcilable conflict of interest making it impossible for Mezger to represent the interests of CZ Members. And, Mezger does not recognize the conflict of interests in selling his wife’s real estate services at our gates at our expense to enhance his family income.
Mezger took action to give advertising revenues away to CotoCAN that legitimately belongs to our Members from distribution of maps at our gates at our expense.
Mezger supports the subsidies going to various outside groups, sub associations, and organizations which have caused two dues increases in two years.
Mezger continues to demonstrate on issue after issue that he does not see the ethical line in the sand necessary to serve on the CZ Board of Directors.
I believe that Jerry Mezger has violated his fiduciary responsibility to represent the interests of CZ Members and that he is guilty of malfeasance both of which constitute legitimate grounds for RECALL. In circulating petitions, please feel free to distribute these grounds as the basis for Jerry Mezger’s RECALL from office. JM



PETITION TO RECALL DIRECTORS – General Guidelines

Petition Percentage. The membership may request a special meeting of the membership for the purpose of removing individual directors by presenting a petition to the board signed by 5% or more of the membership. Corp. Code §7510(e) See sample recall petition below. The right to call a meeting by 5% of the membership cannot be changed or eliminated by contrary provisions in the bylaws.

Proper Signatures. Only members may sign a petition. Tenants and spouses not on title may not sign the petition.


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PETITION TO RECALL JERRY MEZGER – 5% of CZ MEMBERSHIP

The undersigned members representing 5% or more of the association hereby petition that (i) the board of directors set the earliest reasonable date, time and place for a special membership meeting for removing Jerry Mezger from the board, and (ii) that notice and ballots be sent by the board to the membership as provided for in Sections 7511 of the Corporations Code and 1363.03 of the Civil Code.



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PETITION TO RECALL JERRY MEZGER – 2/3 of CZ Delegates

The undersigned members representing 2/3 or more of the association’s district delegates, hereby petition that (i) the board of directors set the earliest reasonable date, time and place for a special membership meeting for removing Jerry Mezger from the board, and (ii) that notice and ballots be sent by the board to the membership as provided for in Sections 7511 of the Corporations Code and 1363.03 of the Civil Code.

Signature Print Name and Address

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